If my husband and I draw up a financial agreement contract
I give my wife my 1/2 share in the family home (address added ) for years of love and devotion as her part of a separation settlement and make no further claims in the future.
And then have it witnessed by a JP is it a legal document?
Lawyers normally won't help with something as complex as drafting a contract through this service. A contract has binding, long-term effects, so you'll want this done right, which means the personalized service of a lawyer. You'll likely need to schedule an appointment with a lawyer for assistance drafting a contract, possibly a family law attorney given the nature of your question.
It would be a legal document, but it is likely missing more than a few issues. Run this by an Iowa family law attorney to assist with your legal separation/divorce.
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First problem, since Iowa does not have justices of the peace, and you indicate you are in Victor, Iowa, I am guessing you are in Australia or Canada. The likelihood of finding attorneys licensed in Iowa and also licensed in Australia or Canada is rather low. Second problem, answering a question with such wide-ranging implications based on the exchange of a few words on a simple question and answer forum such as this would be at the very least irresponsible. Hire an attorney/barrister/counselor licensed in your jurisdiction and get this done correctly.
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The legal implications are so far reaching that no one can answer this question with any degree of certainty. Get a good divorce lawyer who is skilled in these domestic issues. It is not a good do it yourself topic. Good luck.
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